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was crossed. at thisote without point having all the facts there me, that we know syrian government has the capacity to carry out chemical weapon attacks. inknow that there are those the syrian government who have expressed a willingness to use chemical weapons, if necessary, to protect themselves. of anyeply skeptical claim that, in fact, it was the opposition that use chemical weapons. everybody who knows the facts of chemical weapons stockpile inside syria as well as the syrian government could abilities, i think would question those claims. i know they are floating out there right now. point is, once we establish the facts, i have made clear the use of chemical weapons is a game changer. host: in the newspaper this morning, and israel -- this is from a cnn interview -- host: i want to get your reaction and your thoughts on u.s. policy towards syria. the numbers are on your screen -- host: you can also post a comment on facebook or send a twitter. you can send an e-mail, journal@c-span.org. the washington post, obama warns syria on chemical arms -- host: the british-based syrian obse
of government, government-run pensions, the unionized government work force and bobby jindal with school choice. he's planning this year to abolish the corporate and individual income tax, moving in a very different direction than the national democrats want to and winning elections with that approach. so there's a lot to be learned both by the failure of the romney campaign and the senate races and the successes the republicans have had at the state level. >> host: and we're taking your calls in this segment with grover norquist with americans for tax reform. the phone lines are open. democrats, 202-585-3880. republicans, 202-585-3881. independents, 202-585-3882. grover norquist known as an expert on some of these budget issues. you bring up the senate budget that we saw from budget chairwoman patty murray last week with. talk about that and how you think it compares to paul ryan's budget. >> guest: there are two major differences. they certainly go in different directions. the paul ryan budget balances in ten years and does not raise taxes. patty murray's budget never balances and raises taxe
putting members on the government payroll. little traction has gained despite high-profile controversies. as i mentioned earlier, a saide ago, jesse jackson kim my wife's company work for the campaign? opinion was that yes, she can, unless -- as long as certain things are met. we know jesse jackson pled guilty to misusing thousands of dollars in campaign funds for personal use. he clearly lost -- crossed the line. i think people are starting to think, maybe we should once again revisit what is happening, where is the line was -- with personal use? a few years earlier, there was a lot of scrutiny when the california sensitive -- , his wife'sve company was getting a 50% commission for his campaign. .- 15% commission people got caught up in the larger investigation into the lobbying scandal. he was never formally charged with wrongdoing, but that was an episode where people said earning commissions, is that appropriate? ?ost: what was the end result guest: nothing has changed. it is still legal. the whole compensation system is determined by the member of congress and his employees. or her
visa which means you are not eligible to vote or get welfare. i would prefer the government to be the policeman and not the businessman. kind of where it happens. the businessmen have a lot more expenses to do this or whether the government should do it. >> chris: talk about your idea which is important to you that it should be he congress according to the gang of eight plan it would be governors and a commission would decide whether or not the boarder is secure and you want congress to get into this and there are some republicans who say you are setting up the gop for a fall because it will be a vote in congress and very political. a lot of republicans will say we are not satisfied with border security and that will only increase their sense of separation from the hispanic voters. ing. >> i would argue the opposite. i would argue that you are only going to get the conservatives particularly a republican house to pass immigration reform if we as conservatives are re' sured that the border is controlled and that we get to it vote on whether the border is controlled. we have n
to have been shuttling military personnel and equipment to the syrian government over the air space of iraq which is, of course, supporting that horrible civil war in syria and that is something iran and iraq have both denied. good morning, everyone. welcome. >> great to have you here. last year, the iraqi government promised former secretary of state hillary clinton to inspect all of iranian flights so far that's reportedly not happening. now secretary kerry's turn to get it done. >> good morning. wink, wink, nudge, nhung from the iraqis to the iranians. the revolutionary guard soldiers to head from iran into syria to help assad. the united states has only pressured the iraqis privilege atly up until now. the fact they are doing so publicly and sharing intelligence means the shaming of iraq now begins. fox news was the first organization to report on the freight. the combination of everything from syrian airliners to shankar go planes. eye rain wran cargo planes, supply anything that syria needs. money, weapons and ammunition, soldiers. all those kinds of things from tehran into va
. but in all seriousness let's agree that the challenges in government that will always exist seem to be more difficult to surmount today than they were a decade ago and i'm wondering if you can talk about what has change add whand can reverse those trend. >> that is my story and i'm sticking to it that things were perfect. there were a lot of things. we dealt with a series of crisis. we had an impeachment crisis. we had a 9/11 crisis. we had an an thrax attack in my office. when you have crisis like that it brings people together. i think partly it was the circumstances and the environment we had to confront. devissive had very times. the schedule has changed a lot. we would work longer weeks and people were there for a longer period of time. the venues for communication were much more readily at hand. we had -- we used to have two lunch tables that are just for senators and you'd is it family style and people would have lunch together. and for whatever reason that lunchroom was closed. we used to have social events where we get together and one was around our spouses and we'd salute or spo
arm the syrian government, although it rawn insists it is humanitarian aid. the u.s. has asked iraq to force the planes to land in iraq for inspections. but only a few have been checked. they have long been a point of conflict between the and u.s. iraq. >> the intent here, fwy going public, is to increase the pressure on al-malma laki. but it shows how minimal our ability to affect the conflict in syria has become. >> kerry said that iraq can be be part of the political discussion about syria's future until cracks down on the iranian shipments. >> shannon: thank you very much. the head of the western-backed opposition in syria is supportedly stepping down, resigning out what have he calls frustration with a lack of international efforts to oust the leader assad. >> this resignation is really shows how fragmented the syrian opposition is and even if assad were to fall, the western allies don't know who to call and talk to. right now, the syrian opposition is in two camps. you have the free syrian army, the locals who have risen up against the regime. but on the other side, have you e
in limited government and more individual liberty. >> sean: well, then that raises the question when you look at, say, paul ryan's budget versus the democrats they never get into balance. paul ryan saying he can balance it in ten years and increase spending, growth, 3.4% a year. is that conservative enough for you? >> well, we're tugging him in the right direction. last year, you know, my budget balanced in five years. mike lee had a budget that balanced in five years and paul ryan's budget was 28 years to get to balance. this year it's in ten so i think he's coming in the right direction. now, he does things a little bit different and i'm not saying i'm that critical. he tries to bend the curve of spending to slow down the rate of growth. what i say certain things shouldn't be done in washington. department of education i'd send it back to the states. that's what reagan said, what the republican party said. i'm one of the few who would dismantle some of the big bad things in washington and just say, that should remain with the states and the people. that's the only way you'll ever shrink the
they haven't attacked anybody and we are going to depend on that government. >> sean: so obama-- >> whether we like that government or not to have have peace and protect israel. >> sean: the president won't speak underneath the cross at georgetown and speak under you acknowledge a terrorist yasser arafat. what if he spoke under a picture of bin laden. is there any difference between bin laden and yasser arafat. >> you go to -- we're trying to create peace somewhere. >> sean: it would be okay with you. meeting with the leader-- >> apparently. >> sean, you have to have -- yeah, it's all right, sean, no. >> sean: and billy cunningham last work. >> you cannot pick who you're meeting with. >> sean: yeah, i can, i would. >> sean hannity, yasser arafat gave birth to osama bin laden. in the '70s and '80s he was the site of more terrorism in the islamic world arafat. and to have our president underneath a terrorist like that. crucifixes are bad, terrorists okay with obama. >> sean: and rudy guiliani is here to react to what's going on and the decision by obama to give a presser under this image of a
, let's get to governing, what we do is go in for the kill. because in a knife fight between a liberal and a conservative a conservative will stab ya and then they'll step on the wound, and break your neck and then put you in the trunk next to the other bodies -- >> hal: and a liberal will say here is my knife. >> right. >> hal: on that note we will let you go. karl frisch, karl frisch.com some fantastic stuff. not the least of which is on your sight, karlfrisch.com. you have a -- >> youth in government it changed my life. >> hal: so not only is karl frisch's site great in and of it's a, but also if you got a moment, and -- and you are leaning that way at all, you know, go by there, click on the link and donate. >> and he tends to be super funny. >> i try to be. >> there is no try, karl. there just is. >> hal: thank you yoda jacki. thank you karl frisch for leaving us on a yoda laugh. >> take chair. >> hal: we're going to talk about the president's trip to israel. and the difficult issues of the middle east peace process, dealing with the israeli palestinians and
be nonbinding so would act as guidelines for the u.s. government. but at the heart of the debate, how do you reduce the government's massive budget debt, and changes in taxes and spending. today the top democrat and the republican had their say. >> both sighs favor closing took loopholes that favor the wealthiest americans, and the senate thinks shouldsome revenue should be idea to tackle the deficit and invest in the middle class, not just simply cut tax rates for the rich. >> usually you can tax more and spend more and borrow more and that will somehow create growth and prosperity. i believe we have had four years of that experiment, which i fundamentally doubted and opposed from the beginning. and it hasn't worked. >> shepard: regardless of whether it's worked or hasn't, the insiders say the democratic budget will likely pass. mike emanuel is in washington. how has the vote been going and what's it like in there so far? reporter: we expect starting any moment they'll vote on a series of amendments between now and late night tonight. 25 to 40. summon hot-button issues including abortion, s
pressure being exerted by the u.s. on the iraqi government to halt that type of aid, just as the supporters of the opposition, including saudi arabia, turkey and qatar are reportedly sending more weapons and money to the rebels. chris? >> ayman, thank you. more than 70,000 dead since the start of the conflict. remarkable. thanks for your reporting. >>> and for more on the secretary's middle east trip, i'm joined by nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell, traveling with secretary kerry and was able to give us this report by phone from afghanistan. >> reporter: chris, this is secretary kerry's sixth trip to afghanistan in the last couple years. but his first as secretary. and he's got a good relationship with hamid karzai, the very eccentric president of afghanistan. and this is a mission here. the question is, is he going to play good cop or bad cop today. given the fact that karzai was so difficult the last time he visited with a top american, which was chuck hagel, of course, defense secretary. kerry has such a good relationship, he's going to try to smooth things over.
this is a historic visit for president obama. >> now's the time for the iranian government to take immediate and meaningful steps to reduce tensions. >> taxing more, borrowing more, and spending more is not a path to prosperity. >> republican budget is same baby with a new diaper. >> the republicans are just totally bamboozled. >> we do not have an immediate debt crisis. >> we do have an immediate problem. >> they think they got landslided and they didn't. >> more than half of our members have never dealt with the issue of immigration reform. >>> we start today with all eyes on one of the most volatile regions of the world. as the president prepares to fly to israel just a few short hours from now. and while the president and prime minister netanyahu already have a congested agenda, ranging from the arab spring, to the israeli/palestinian conflict, there was yet another disturbing development today in syria when both the rebels and forces loyal to president assad accused each other of firing chemical weapons that syrian state tv has said killed at least 25 people in the north of the country.
for what the government promised them. let's prevent that crisis from happening. we know it's coming. this budget does that. >> some are against ryan's budget particularly those in the democrat party. it they are posing dramatically different plans for the budget. our hope is they can find compromise. the priority for both is to put americans back to work and establish strong economic growth. >> we need put americans back to, would and strong economy. a second priority one coupled with economic growth. i think we can do both. make sure we have deficit reduction but don't cut too much too fast. >> dick durbin also optimistic they can move forward. as congress grapples with developing a budget it must deal with another problem that looms it has to pass a continued resolution before march 27th to avert a government shut down. heather, they go on break at the end of this week. we will see what happens. >> of course they do. they are always going on breakdown there. >>> it is time for your first degree weather update with ma r maria molina. >> maria is in the weather center tracking anoth
the libertarians who just want government out of their face and out of their lives and you kell another engine. try to do what reince priebus is doing right now and you will see the problem, try steering the car with your engine dead. try steering the political party once you kill the motor. you set out to kill the big motors of the republican party itself. for progressives the amazing thing here is people on the left, center left, and a big share of the center right now are together. they know why the republican established wants to free itself from the issues, they are relieved, thrilled really, it not them trying to hold together a motley crew. senior strategist for rick santorum's political campaign. let me go -- i want to start with the basic question of a political party. this week's republican autopsy report it's being called urged the party to be more inclusive of gay people, women, minorities, did not go unnoticed by the social conservative wing of the party. the report makes little of their concerns. the report never mentions the word christian or church. there's know -- no talk of abort
governments the united states wants to trust, when there are difficult things, you need help from the region, it is usually turkey and syria. to have it back on a better track, not completely there, but on a better track is better for the region, israel and turkey, huge assist for the united states. >> and he pushed bb netanyahu, a stubborn man sometimes to do this. a real accomplishment for the president who set low expectations, so he exceeded low expectations they set probably deliberately. >> israel, turkey, significant achievement. he played a critical role in that. jessica, john, safe trip back to washington. >>> now the latest rounds of threats from north korea. ominously from the country supreme military command which regularly parades an arsenal of missiles and rockets through the streets of pyongyang. they claim north korea has the capacity to hit military bases in guam and japan. we have a closer look, ominous discussion there, tom. >> it is, wolf. you have to put it in context. couple weeks ago, north korea talked about putting a nuclear missile on the u.s. mainland, a lot of and
the relationship with israel, with its government in particular so that john kerry can come in and with new ideas and be received, better than some of obama's first-term ideas were received. so there is a point to this trip, but it's a building block trip. >>> jeff goldberg, thank you very much, as always. >> thank you. >>> and up next, in our "daily fix" who killed the senate assault weapons ban. >>> plus mark sanford survives round 1 in south carolina, and why is bill clinton getting involved in the kentucky democratic senate race against ashley judd? send me your thoughts on facebook and twitter. this is "andrea mitchell reports" live in israel, only on msnbc. [ kitt ] you know what's impressive? a talking car. but i'll tell you what impresses me. a talking train. this ge locomotive can tell you exactly where it is, what it's carrying, while using less fuel. delivering whatever the world needs, when it needs it. ♪ after all, what's the point of talking if you don't have something important to say? ♪ ♪ i don't wanna be right [ record scratch ] what?! it's not bad for you. it just tastes t
are in a good spot. >> the government is likely to stay open. >> the revenue discussion is over. >> at least for now. >> how could you describe the current state of the gop? >> you're asking me a question i can't answer. >> this is a party in turmoil. >> it's not about the messaging. it's the message. >> get ready, america, for a brand new republican party. >> we have a party that's goodbye to be inclusive. >> sign up today and get a free bag of weed. >>> the most memorable and most important day in the history of american presidential trips to israel was today. president richard nixon was the first president to go to israel. he may have done to simply to distract public attention from the investigation that was corroding his presidency and eventually led to his resignation, because we have had precious few presidents more cynical than richard nixon. the next president, gerald ford, did not go to israel. president jimmy carter visited israel, but ronald reagan never thought israel was worth the trip. nor did his successor, president george h.w. bush. then president bill clinton made up for t
government has used chemical weapons on its own people near the city of oleppo. listen to this. >> i have a high probability to believe that chemical weapons were used. we need that final verification. we need to step up in the world community to prevent a humanitarian disaster. >> we're tapping into the global resources of cnn this morning to bring you the most complete coverage of the developing story. we have a reporter in jerusalem. ivan watson is in jordan and chris lawrence is live at the pentagon. sarah, how did the developments in syria affect the president's agenda on this trip? >> reporter: well, not much. this has been a major concern already for both the obama administration and netanyahu's administration. we do know according to a senior israeli official that i spoke with on condition of anonymity that this issue of the united states being asked to strike syria if certain things such as some of their weapons, missiles in particular are heading over the border to hezbollah, an organization in lebanon that the united states and israel both consider a terrorist organization. tha
of the president is he seems more interested in the trappings and fun stuff than the governance, which was the job he was hired to do. he has an enormous amount of power. we pay him to do the job. you can say the project process is not sexy or exciting. >> neil: i built a career on it. >> now we're going back and forth. the fact is this is what you law says. he should abide by that. >> neil: well-spoken. thank you very much. i was kidding you about your favorite days but i'm worried. >>> fair and balanced. new york democratic congressman charly wrangle doesn't agree with a thing he said, which is okay. >> listen, only if you're fair and equal. forget the brackets. i'm here for the budget. >> he's late. it's routine policy in washington for things to be late. i guess we get used to this. but should we? >> well, let me make it clear that once the budget is passed, it has no meaning at all in the law. and so that there's no compulsion for anyone to do anything if, and i hope soon, there's agreement to the budget. a budget is really a statement of policy of the party. and hopefully in the future, we w
's entrepreneur is the federal government's felon. and the ground is always shifting. >>so what's going to happen? >>we are going to see this issue fought out in the court of public opinion. it is in periods like this that we really see change happen. (vo)if recent history is any indication, it seems impossible to predict exactly what kind of change we can expect. >> michael: coming up tonight, numbers, be they 2800 dead, 11 million undocumented or ten years since, they define where we've been, where we are and perhaps where we're headed. i'm michael shure. this is "the war room." [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> michael: today marks the ten-year anniversary of the iraq war. hard to believe but it's been a full decade since headlines across the country heralded a quote, targeted surgical invasion to top be saddam hussein. as we know there were no weapons of mass destruction and it was anything but targeted. the country itself is still plagued by violence and bloodshed. there were 16 car bombs, and one assassination leaving 52 dead and 180 wounded. all told 130,000 130,000 iraqi civilian
and democratic state if things don't change. and he urged young israelis to pressure their government because he said politicians do not take risks unless there is public pressure for change. that was his key message. >> one thing that struck a lot of folks, the president's different stance and tone in regards to this trip. let's listen to remarks that president obama made in cairo in 2009 compared to remark he is gave in ramallah on thursday. take a look. >> this construction violates previous agreements and undermines efforts to achieve peace. it is time for these settlements to stop. how do we get a sovereignty for the palestinian people and assure security for the israeli people? that's not to say settlements are not important t is to say that if we some those two problems, the settlement problem will be solved. >> bill schneider that is a significant reversal what is behind that? >> he wants to get the peace talks started, the palestinians have essentially echoed the american position, which is they won't go to the table unless the settlement -- another moratorium on settlements, in which c
. that's a big problem. government should not insure bank deposits. it's a tremendous moral hazard. one of the main reasons the banks make reckless loans. depositors don't care what the banks do with their money because the government's there. >> that's one of the guardrails to oversee these banks. >> but we don't need it. we didn't always have it. and there are other nations that don't have any deposit insurance and their banking system is much sounder than ours. >> they're asking depositors to pay for the bailout. >> no, no, no, no. there are no bailouts in those country. the countries that don't have deposit insurance have a healthier banking system. because we have this deposit insurance, american depositors don't care how reckless their banks are. the banks don't care because the depositors don't care. it's a terrible system. eventually it's going to implode. people who have money on deposit in u.s. banks are going to take huge losses one way or another. either they're going to lose their deposits, or their deposits are going to lose value because of all the inflation that's going
government at home and abroad. >> rand paul wants to accomplish the departments of education and congress and epa. >> small detail. >> and the federal reserve and abolish the income tax. the second amendment which does not allow in his opinion for any form of gun control whatsoever. he makes mitt romney look looks michael due dukakis. >> i paint in primary colors. >> these are details. >> they are details i would just as soon ignore. on some of those fronts. but, again, overall, the primary message that he delivers is less government at home and restraint abroad which you know what? the republican party has been reckless over the past decade. we have paid a lot for it with our philosophy. and so i think he's a good symbol like his father. listen. i voted for his father in the republican primary in 2012. did i agree with what he said about 9/11? >> god, i hope not. >> absolutely not. there are a lot of things that rand paul said i think are way out there and i disagree with, but the core issue of small government at home and restrained foreign policy abroad, i will -- >> not a realistic se
about destabilizing jordan and giving us maybe an advantage in iran if the syrian government changes and the fallout with israel. i think the long-term issue is do we have values that want to prevent this kind of thing? after all, europe finally did it and we were with them in bosnia. we didn't do it in rwanda. we did act in libya which has less strategic interest for us than this. i think there is no choice any more. i was very cautious for a long time and applauded obama for being cautious, but now we have reached the tipping point. >> we will come back to this. we have a lot of other news to cover as well. >>> first leg of mark sanford's shot at political redemption is complete. he easily clenched a spot in the runoff for the charleston area congressional seat. what is still unclear who his opponent will be. following thin voter turnout, bostic and grooms separated less than 1%. now sanford will try to cobble together support for those who voted for other candidates in what was a packed field flanked by his sons, sanford invoked the importance of putting the country's financial ho
the government. even to keep guns out of the hands of criminals by a thorough background check. so we're going to face opposition, no question about it, but we're determined and resolute. >> which ones of these amendments that you talk about, an assault weapons man amendment, amendment dealing with the mental health issues, which realistically has a chance of passing? >> they all have a chance of passing, and we're not surrendering or abandoning any of them. the bill will include a ban on illegal trafficking and straw purchasing, which is critical to law enforcement people. they'll tell you police on the streets or state police, our law enforcement at the federal level, illegal trafficking is a scourge. and, of course, background checks are absolutely critical because right now the law prohibits sales to convicted criminals, drug addicts, seriously mentally ill and domestic abusers but can't enforce that provision if private sales are exempted. so close that loophole. and then, of course, school safety will be in the bill as well. and the amendment on the floor will be on assault weapons. clea
good to that and does the government have a legitimate interest in protecting and strengthening? that's the issue. >> i was talking to the television and kept saying not true. as he was saying that. not true, not true. if you look at the studies. studies show the exact opposite of what ralph reid was saying. what do you say that? >> you know, i have no issue with ralph reed. i have to tell you i found that is painful. it pained me he was saying those things while sitting next to our cnn colleague, hillary rosen, who is a gay mother devoted to her two children. i don't think any of us can lay judgment on the type of mother little hillary rosen or any the other parents are. we have to understand as society, that sexuality, is not equivalent to morality. and there can be bad parents that are heterosexual. there can be bad parents homosexual. that's not because of sexuality. it is because they are a good parent or bad parent. and i think that it is cruel to tell a child of a loving gay couple that they are less functional and less normal and that their parents less fit to be parents. let'
standing by in beirut, lebanon. the rebels say the government killed 25 people with a chemical weapon. help us out here. who is telling the truth? >> reporter: it still isn't really clear, jake. we don't have confirmation chemical weapons were used but there are two separate incidents. one in a city in the north, aleppo, in which the regime says it was hit by a chemical weapon fired by rebels and the russian government backing that up one activist saying this seems to have landed between rebel and regime lines and may have hit civilians in the regime area and regime troops, too. another instance near damascus to the east in which rebels do appear to have been hit by some kind of suffocating gas. not clear what it was but certainly the logic test suggests rebels aren't going to be aim agate themselves with these weapons and we know the regime has a large stockpile. >> is there a faction within the opposition that cob obtain chemical weapons? is it even possible? >> reporter: that's always been the real fear as we heard about radicalization, the fractious nature of the rebel movement. to be h
-- enough of this dude. the employer is a fascist corporation is no different from a fascist government. you are either going to go for freedom or down the tubes. >> bill: all right. ike, i'm down to charleston -- i have been looking to get down there -- carol and i -- if we can find a hotel easter week we'll be down there, so i want to go down there, and we'll continue this conversation over a beer or maybe something a little stronger. >> it's bourbon down there. >> bill: okay. because i think when it comes to making sure everybody is healthy, i don't think that's discrimination. but you make some good points. good to hear from you ike, as always. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show." >> ...and a distinctly satirical point of view. >> but you mentioned "great leadership" so i want to talk about donald rumsfeld. >> (laughter). >> watch the show. >> only on current tv. current tv is the place for true stories. with award winning documentaries that take you inside the headlines. real, gripping, current. documentaries... on current tv. ♪ >> announcer: this is the "bill
itself. we have 40% of every dollar borrowed to sustain government. we have a fed that buys 75% of what the treasury spends every year. where we have a congressional budget office that says in just 12 years we will only have enough to pay for interest and entitled and nothing else. >> now, if you watch way too early you know that already. elizabeth colbert-bush. the sister of stephen colbert. she stressed the importance of building up the workforce. >> we're going to continue with workforce development, continue with continuing education and we're going to make sure we have research technology and innovation that's going to make our next generation prepare for their intellectual move forward into the 21st century jobs. >>> now to kentucky. new reporting suggests a number of big-time democrats not particularly thrilled with the idea of ashley judd challenging mitch mccouple in that state. some party leaders, including former president bill clinton, are trying to court another candidate, another female, allison lundergan grimes. ms. judd will make her announcement later this spring, a cla
own missile defense system. a top chinese government spokesman telling the chinese media, quote, all measures seeking to increase military capacities will only intensify antagonism and will not help solve the problem. retired major general bob scales served five years in korea over his time in the military, that spans about three decades. that is him on the right there. he commanded artillery battalion that helped protect a key area along the dmz where we still have tens of thousands of troops. he joins us now. general, every time you're on we learn a little something extra about your service. nice to have you with us here today. >> thanks, jenna. jenna: geography can tell you something. being on the ground can influence your perspective on types of international issues. tell us how your time impacts what you see north korea is doing now and china's comments as well? >> well i spent most of my time actually serving on the dmz as in various capacities, assistant division commander, battalion commander and war planner. i understand as most people what the north korean mostives are and
their vision for how you should fund the government. we're still waiting on president obama to release his own budget which will have potentially a competing vision. and adam is exactly right, it's just a matter of inches going forward and the big dernifferen on whether you want to boost investments over the long term or whether it's about cutting spending, these are big questions that lawmakers are facing. i would get in a room with a handful of guys, all men, and they would try to come to table with a deal. that's not how it works in washington. >> should it be at least a starting point? >> well, i think that they usually come together when they actually really need to to prevent something disastrous from happening to the budget or the economy. this is something that will come up again with the debt ceiling fight this summer. but if you look at what the senate just passed, this is as christina said, they want to raise taxes. >> guys, let's switch to gun control here. christina, there's mention of the push for the gun control measures. a new gun control law was signed into law described as to
story. >> another big headline this morning, protesters fed up with their government's plans to take money out of their bank accounts cover the country's budget mess. the protesters won this time. but the financial crisis in cyprus far from over. >>> then to an eye-opener -- a medical headline. genetic medicines, generic medicines including eye drops and pills can save you money. but what you don't know about generics that can harm you. get your facts before the trip to the pharmacy. >>> saving time and preventing hassle during your commute. gadgets for the car designed to keep you connected, comfortable and safe, our giz whiz is going to show up and tell us about this coming up in a little bit. >> really interesting stuff he has got in store for us. >>> but first, the seven marines were remembered last night in nevada not far from where they were killed. >> military investigators now trying to figure out why a mortar accidentally exploded while still in the launching tube. abc's martha raddatz reports on the risks. >> reporter: it happened in darkness, deep in the
government is permits iran to send weapons and fighters, overflight, loaded with weapons and fighters, to prop up assad in syria and that this is something that americans and the congress, that the administration, cannot understand or tolerate, and as kerry told us afterwards, it was a very spirited conversation, because he got a lot of pushback from maliki. maliki argued that assad is facing extremists in this country. so he basically, even though he's not terrible sympathetic with assad politically, assad staying in power is very important for maliki's domestic politics because he fears a takeover by the rebels would actually lead to rebellion fact. the message from kerry was pretty tough. that congress is losing patience with iraq and that maliki will not have any role in the political decisions to come once assad falls with this pll political transition being worked out with international leaders, if he continues to help iran prop up assad. >> there are reports also that the head of the syrian opposition coalition reports that he resigned this post at some point today. what do we
they can be fearful to come forward. what are they going to do? >>steve: if they're government employees -- this is pure speculation but this happens a lot. something happens -- listen, don't make a big deal out of this and we'll take care of you. if you make a lot of racket -- >>brian: you've been watching too much tv. let's talk about something else. remember andrew jackson? after he would be -- after he won the white house, his defeat against john quincy adams, he invited all his guys to come into the white house and they wrecked the place. they started deciding we've got to watch who we bring into the white house. when this president won he said it's going to be the people's house, not going to be subjected to lobbyist groups. according to to a column today, we find out it is becoming a place where only the rich can go. >>steve: the white house currently -- you're taking a live shot at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. the tours are closed because of that scary darned sequester. it's closed to the poor but it's open to the rich. and what's interesting over the last couple of days, know that
below the poverty line. >>> to medical news. a government survey of parents shows one in 50 school children in the u.s. has autism. that is significantly higher than a previous estimate. and there is also a significant new clue about autism. abc's dr. richard besser explains more. >> reporter: now another clue into a possible cause of autism, grandfathers age. researchers in sweden have found that the older a grandfather was when he had children, the more likely those children would be to have children with autism. for fathers the risk went up 1.8 times. for mothers the risk went up 1.7 times. it is already known that one piece of the puzzle of autism is the age of the father, starting at age 30. take ray civo. >> let's figure out if there is a genetic factor. >> reporter: his sons oscar and hugo both have autism with different struggles from reading to social interactions. moms pass on few dna mutations. but dads pass on an average of 25 new mutations at age 20. increasing to 65 mutations at age 40 and so on. the more dna mutations, the greater the risk of autism. what does this h
by the federal government which allows 1,000 separate benefits for spouses, everything from filing taxes and receiving death benefits to who gets called as next of kin. >> i had to list karane as my sister just so that someone would call her in the event, that you know, i'm killed or missing in action or i'm hurt on the job. she can't be me emergency contact. she can't receive my remains. >> reporter: karane, on the other hand, as a employee of the district of columbia gets the benefit of being married because the district recognizes same-sex marriage but only nine districts have taken that step so she loses that status as a spouse just because she crosses the river on the potomac. >> we're a ring symbolically, so, you know, it's ridiculous. >> what the bill does -- >> reporter: now the defense of marriage act, also known by doma first passed by congress and signed by president clinton in 1996, is being challenged at the supreme court. >> it's being asked to decide whether as to whether or not congress can pass a law that treats same-sex couples who are already married under the laws of
, knox may have to return to italy. if she refuses, the authorities could appeal to the u.s. government for her extradition. if the acquittal is upheld, it's case over. a native of the ivory coast who was raised here is serving a 16-year prison term for kircher's murder. if, in fact, there is a retrial, the question is will amanda knox come to italy? she is currently in seattle, washington. the italian authorities would have to request extradition from the american government. and it's not at all clear at this point whether the u.s. government would be willing to hand amanda knox back to the italian authorities. poppy? >> that is the big question. thank you very much, ben. >>> 16 minutes after the hour right now. let's bring you up to date. the calendar may say spring. do not trust it for a second. from missouri to pennsylvania, millions of people hammered by wind, rain and snow and the severe weather is not done yet. parts of eastern indiana and western ohio were under a winter storm warning from early this afternoon and the system is headed east. >>> a very sad story for you this morn
weapons to the syrian government. iran says flights are bringing humanitarian supplies to syria. >>> new developments in the murder of colorado's top corrections officer. abc news learned prisons in the state have been on lockdown because of fears there could be more attacks. and it all appears to be linked to a white supremacist group. >> reporter: the motive for the murder of tom clements may have been revenge for breaking up a prison gang. clements concerned about the rise of a white supremacist group, 211 crew, sent its leaders to another prison trying to diminish their power base. evan ebel just paroled in january was a member of 211 crew. law enforcement yet to confirm the connection. the fear, the potential for more attacks from other gang members. the governor's mansion and state capitol have expanded security following the murder. prison gangs are prolific across america. the american correctional association reports, almost 14% of the prison population are involved in gangs. an estimated 200,000 inmates. investigators believe ebel may have been linked to other murders. >> there
centers. one, this is not about the federal government's budget. and two, if a vote came up that they should say no. >> bill: and do so by going to sierraclub.org. >> yes, we'll have information on our website. >> bill: and what individuals can do. >> exactly. because we need to send a strong message this week and the coming weeks and make sure the president understands. >> bill: i don't think it's too early to start getting the word in the white house that the president should not be moved to approve this. >> right. we keep saying this is che change we asked for. it's a change we can believe in. >> bill: all right. kate thank you for coming in this morning. >> thank you so much for having me. >> announcer: heard around the country and seen on current tv. this is the "bill press show." ♪ young turks is that we're honest. they know that i'm not bs'ing them with some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the other. when the democrats are wrong, they know that i'm going to be the first one to call them out. they can question whether i'm right, but i t
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